In 2005, I heard the news of two teenage boys who were publicly hung in Iran on charges involving homosexual behavior. Of the few published photographs of the episode, the most shocking to me was an image of the boys, blindfolded, just moments before their death on the scaffold. Thinking about ways to counter homophobia, I began to depict my own life in my work with the aim to challenge stereotypes usually represented in mainstream media.
I started to photograph Darrin as an expression of love, aware that relationships such as mine continue to struggle for acceptance and social justice in many parts of the world. This ongoing series relates to a personal journey of discovery, self-reliance, and affirmation, especially for those of us who venture to establish a sense of encouragement and historical inclusion.
My intention is to shift away from the stereotypical homoeroticism typically permeating representations of gay men, focusing instead on ordinary moments and intimate experiences, as Darrin and I share our lives together.